Prohibition Pig

BEER AVG
3.84/5
Prohibition PigProhibition Pig
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

23 S Main St
Waterbury, Vermont, 05676-1863
United States

(802) 244-4120 | map
prohibitionpig.com

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Added by Jason on 03-13-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
51
Ratings:
707
Reviews:
73
PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Ratings:
388
Reviews:
91
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
5.99%
 
 
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Photo of slander
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

And as the rain had let up, I walked on over, is all. It’s jammin’ this Monday evening, and I can see there’s only one seat left at the bar. It’s next to a girl who although she’s facing the other direction, can be only be Jen Schwertman. And she’s got a better road story than me, again (fucker!) Oh, you’re up here brewing, sure, yeah, nice...

You know, it looks surprisingly like the brewpub past. Telephone shaped bar, light laminated wood topped with a black trim, panel base, and foot box; seating for a baker’s dozen on highback chairs. The barback holds a pair of stainless steel bar towers side by side below a center window; each with a dozen taps on non-descript handles, although their actual handles are curiously mounted directly behind. Phat wood shelving on steel frame uprights to both sides, running up where the ladder slides for the high reachables. Booze, books, old bottles, jarred presumingly pickled things, barrels, the quintessential Westy case crate, drinking vessels, figurines.

Large logo piggy prohibition done up in the windows, brownie slat wood walls, 1” tile floorings along the bar, slat wood to the rear, and a black slat ceiling. Front vestibule split, and the dining side separated from the bar side by a bar counter on a solid divider. A pair of square hightop tables angled in the front corner, and twice that to the rear of the bar. On the dining side, 10 rectangular tables in 2 rows; 5 & 5, and a larger bowling lane table to the rear. A 4x6 ‘keep calm and drink whiskey’ blackboard piece up front with shirts displayed, cow, chicken, & pig drawings on the far wall, and light prints otherwise. Stained glass pint of crazy piece over the rear exit, barrels and crates above the bathroom ledgings. Wide cylinder lamps over the bar and some small drop spots. Glass candles on the bar, the tables, and the dividing sill.

2 dozen taps; a handful of local Vermont heroes (Zero Gravity Conehead IPA, Hill Farmstead Edward, Lawson’s Paradise Pale Ale, Lost Nation Gose), regional New England play (Jack’s Abby Smoke & Dagger, Hoponius Union India Pale Lager, Leisure Time Lager, & Jack’s Abby/Lawson’s Smoked Maple Lager, Mystic Table Beer, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, Allagash White), craft beyond (Victory Swing Session Saison, Sixpoint Resin, DogFishHead Noble Rot & Festina Peche, Founders all Day IPA & Breakfast Stout, Lagunitas WTF, Sierra Nevada Summerfest & Torpedo), and then a single import (Hofbrau Original), retro (Schlitz 60’s Formula), root beer (Rookies Root Beer), and draft coffee (Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee). Drafts are served in ‘full’ (12 or 16oz, depending), or ‘half’ (of whatever full is). I did halves of Lost Nation Gose (does not suck), Mystic Table Beer (easy drinking saisoniness, wants to be Avril when it grows up), Jack’s Abbey Leisure Time Lager & Hoponius Union (where awesome is at), Lawson’s Paradise Pale Ale, & Zero Gravity Conehead IPA.

When I saw the chicken & biscuits go by, I knew they would be mine (oh, yes, they will be mine). A trio of little fried chickeny things on baby buttermilk biscuits with raw honey. They were made of good, I gone ‘et them. And this last time I had a kickin’ chicken pot pie, served with a killer biscuit.

Over 3 subsequent visits this year, I’ve taken in shortys of Alchemist Heady Topper (Yes, Heady Topper happens here on draft sometimes. It was the house, after all) & Ouroboros, Lawson’s Big Hoppy, Trapp Lodge Dunkel Lager & Trosten Bier, Zero Gravity Narconaut, Grassroots Legitimacy & Artic Saison, Lost Nation Petit Ardennes & Rustic Ale, Hill Farmstead Abner & Edward, Fiddlehead IPA, Mystic Lazy Jane, & Allagash Confluence.

Greeeat taps, plus 9 wines, and cocktails too. Jeff behind the bar. Where could I know him from? Zero Gravity, back in the day? Maybe, think so, don’t know. And the other server people know their game and deal it well. Still an excellent house, good eats, excellent drink, but makes me sad for the Wild Child days. Burlington or sleep? And where’s that damn hotel, anyway?

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The wife and I stopped at Prohibition Pig after drinking some Heady Topper on tap at The Alchemist Cannery (they were out of cans, sadly).

Waterbury is a beautiful small town filled with quality bars and restaurants, and also a big flea market with lots of junk. The Pig is classy, reminds me of Armsby Abbey in Woosta, MA. A little small, though- a couple of big parties coming in for brunch and the place was getting crowded.

The regular menu is rather simple and porky. Lots of bbq plates, smoked-meat sandwiches, burgers and pork-based apps, plus some salads. We were there for brunch and they have a big chalkboard with lots of specials, all very brunch-y (eggs, sandwiches, sausage). The wife got a big breakfast sandwich with a fried egg on top that was realicious.

You're here for the beer anyways, and that's where it's at. 24 draughts with plenty of Vermont brews. Yes, Hill Farmstead and Lawson's are here. Hill Nor, Harlan, Edward and Abner plus Lawson's Knockout Blonde and Double Sunshine. Plus Heady!

Also Founders Porter, Arrogant Bastard, Stillwater Cellar Door, Farnum Hill Dooryard Cider, Sierra Torpedo, Lagunitas WTF....

Prices a bit high for small-town Vermont ($6.50-$7.50 for the goodies) but I like the half-glass option at half price plus 25 cents.

Service was slow because they were understaffed and the poor bartender just couldn't keep up. But the manager was apologetic, and we were understanding.

Try the cocktails, too. They are top notch. The Bloody Mary is gigantic and comes stabbed with a big celery plus a draft of Schlitz's.

A quality joint, but next time I'll be curious to try the Blackback Pub and The Reservoir instead.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Kitty corner to two other bars featuring several up and coming Vermont beers. The largest and most bar like of the three. I also have a soft place in my heart to the former site of L'Alchemist. The bar and layout retains some of that flavour. More than enough taps for me here, and the HF and Lawson Liquid offerings were great. A few other good taps. One of my favourites on the trip was the dry hopped Ruination. Service was mixed, its new, and staff may be calmer on a different shift or after the summer buzy period. Still a must stop even if you are in Burlington.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of InspectorBob
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Rifugium
2.54/5  rDev -41.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

In the space that once housed the Alchemist Pub, is the Prohibition Pig, less than a stone's throw away from the Reservoir and the Blackback.

The place seems nice enough, with a medium-sized bar that seats about 15 people, and a dining section to accommodate a decent crowd. Speaking of which, the crowd is typically pretty terrible on busy nights, and this is typically the hot spot in town. The bartenders are friendly and generally knowledgeable, but service is not very consistent, and often downright terrible. As for atmosphere, the place is pretty polished, an indication of the prices, which were a bit on the high side, though nothing overly extraordinary. Beer selection was the high point, with good local selections, Heady Topper noticeably on tap (sometimes) in true tribute to the previous owner. Half-pour options are always a plus. And now of course, they have their own brewery and make their own beer, though none of them are really worth writing home about. And nowadays the tap list is leaning predominantly to their house brews.

Food menu is largely unimpressive. First time visiting, I sampled two items: the wings were skimpy and bland, and the hushpuppies were dry and...bland. Other meals I've had since then have been average to awful. I've actually--on more than one occasion now--seen patrons reject the food they were given, or walk out without eating it. To put it simply: the food here is just consistently bad.

My final word: this place is the tourist trap of beer bars.

I've gone here many times, and each time I'm disappointed more. I finally (just today as of this edit) went in and quickly out for the last time. With lousy service, 4 beers that I tried to order not actually available, and an unimpressive menu...I've had it. This place is NOT GOOD. I actually walked out with my family before we even ordered. And I will not be going back again. Done!

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

this place is awesome, a longstanding local favorite and in the building that used to house the alchemist. it looks like they have upped their game from an epic tap list to a brewery, located in the building behind the restaurant right there in Waterbury. making something like ten barrels at a time, and doing it well. the brewery has a cool old farm house feel to it, with a big bar and some outdoor seating, and you can order the amazing food from the restaurant in there. the restaurant is an awesome building too, with a library ladder behind the bar, one of the best tap lists in the state, and some really great Vermont food, barbeque focused, but not exclusively. I had three of their beers while I was in, and all were very good. they are always busy, so its hard to get very personalized service, but everyone was nice and working hard. they had as many as eight of their own beers on, some creative and some straight forward. the vanilla bean porter was great, as was the brown ale. for the food and the guest taps alone I will be back, but their own brewery should not be overlooked, a great building with some very solid ales. make a point to check it out next time you are there.

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Photo of qcbrewer
4.21/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Dicers
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of nickfl
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Stopped in here during a short Vermont beer road trip. The food was excellent, fried pimento cheese balls are great, very good burger and spectacular brisket. Reasonable prices too. Great tap list, they serve half pours, which really helps if you are looking to try everything you can. They only had two house beers on tap, but they were both quite good, in fact their session ipa was as good or better than anything I had from the much more famous breweries I visited earlier that day.

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Photo of seanchai
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of papat444
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Came here after dropping the family @ Ben & Jerry's factory.

Very nice rustic ambiance, cozy, a little small. Lots of breweriana including a Westy tray. Draft list is expansive, spanning different genres: Schlitz, He'brew, Evil Twin, Hopfenstark, etc... with loads of locals like Hill Farmstead, Fiddelhead, Von Trapp, and more. Prices are very reasonable for half and full pours. Didn't have any food but it did look delicious. Bartenders were very nice and attentive. Will be coming back here for sure and will probably bring the family next time!

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Pretty renowned Vermont landmark. The food is absolutely outstanding and the tap list is pretty impressive. The brewery is attached to the restaurant in a separate space. Great staff, quick service. Growler and crowler fills available.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of orangesol
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I decided to go to the Pig for dinner on my first night in Waterbury. I will never turn down BBQ and they have an amazing tap list so it was a no brainer for me.

Upon entering the ambiance it pretty nice. Lots of people all over the place eating and chatting amongst themselves. I snagged the last seat at the bar and looked over the tap list, that is when I knew it was going to be a good night. They have some amazing things on tap and I was happy to see they offered half pours so I could try more of them. The quality was pretty high. My beers were good, as was my food.

Service was good. I never had to wait for a refill or to place my food order and the bartenders certainly knew there stuff. The selection of beers, as I said, was top notch. 4-5 Hill Farmsteads, 2 Lawson's and Heady Topper on tap. I would kill to have that selection at my neighborhood BBQ spot. As far as the food goes, I decided to go with the pulled brisket with a side of fries and baked beans. Beans and brisket were ok, I used some of their bacon BBQ sauce to make it better, and the fries were excellent with their smoked ketchup. Prices were a little high across the board. If they tried to charge what they do down here they would be out of business quick.

Overall a really nice beer bar with above average food, albeit a little overpriced. I will return when I am in the area.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Housed in what was once the great - and much lamented - Alchemist, the Prohibition Pig is another venue to visit when in the charming (and beercentric) town of Waterbury, Vermont.

Located on the main street – and across from the Flyback Pub (See Review), the Pig combines savory local craft beer with succulent pig flesh – also local. While Alchemist was bright and airy, the Pig is dark and intimate, decorated with cranberry brick walls; it is, to say the least, very atmospheric. The bar is roomy enough, with enough veneer and polished wood to furnish several establishments.

Oh yes, they had Heady Topper on tap … nuff said.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

This is a must-stop location when visiting Waterbury if you love BBQ. The beer selection is excellent and the food is even better.

Atmosphere is great - upscale and clean, a little different than the other spots in town. Servers are friendly and knowledgeable. The number of beers on tap isn't going to blow you away but the quality is excellent. When I was there, the taps featured the likes of Lawson's, Heady Topper, HF, Allagash and more. They also had good representation across different types of styles and some beers that paired well with the food, especially the smoked lager. Will definitely return here on my next trip to Waterbury.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I visited this place with my brother it was a popular weekend to be in Waterbury so we waited a long time to be seated and had a difficult time getting a beer while we waited but we enjoyed the visit after that. The beers were all excellent for the event including many Hill Farmstead and Alchemist as well as other well known Vermont beers we split a bottle of Fantome also. The food was excellent with very nice barbecue flavors that showcase the smoke.

The vibe is very cool with a saloon-like feel with plenty of bourbon on the wall and the service was decent considering what they were dealing with when I was here. I would come back considering they are very good at what they do

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Photo of rjp217
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

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Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT
3.84 out of 5 based on 707 ratings.
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